Caitlyn Jenner does not think the Halloween costume based on her Vanity Fair cover is “offensive at all.”
After opening up to “Today” anchor Matt Lauer about the fatal Malibu car crash that could land her in jail, as well as addressing criticism she received for being honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs earlier this year, the “I Am Cait” star was delighted at the thought of people dressing up like her next month.
“I’m in on the joke. I don’t think it’s offensive at all,” Jenner said during the interview NBC aired Wednesday. “I know the community does, and [the costume companies] have gotten a lot of criticism for doing it. I think it’s great. To be honest with you, I think it’s great — except they could have a better looking outfit.”
Jenner’s reaction to the unisex costume is a stark contrast to the outrage that erupted on social media last month when the public caught wind of the outfit some called “transphobic.”
“There’s no tasteful way to ‘celebrate’ Caitlyn Jenner or respect transgender people this way on the one night of the year when people use their most twisted imaginations to pretend to be villains and monsters,” the National Center for Transgender Equality said in a statement.
GLAAD added: “When transgender women step out into the world as their authentic selves, they aren’t wearing a costume. Companies should think twice before seeking to profit from mocking trans women.”
Jenner has become a cultural icon since revealing her transition from the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” dad TV viewers had been used to, and argues that “life’s too short” to get up in arms about “that type of stuff.”
Some stuff, though, has hurt her.
“You have a good sense of humor about yourself. Do you think it’s funny when others crack jokes about you?” Lauer asked.
“There is a fine line,” Jenner said. “Back in the old days when the media — and all the rumors were out — and the media was destroying me, it was extraordinarily hurtful to me, to my family.”
Jenner pointed out late-night comedians, in particular, for making “disparaging jokes,” but said the gags have become more respectful since she came out as a transgender female during an emotional interview with Diane Sawyer.